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Blog: An Organization Diet -- Lose the clutter and drop the weight
Kitchen Clearing for clearing clutter & pounds!

 Doesn't it feel good to be de-cluttering our lives and watch the pounds shed away right along side the clutter?! Well, I'm down another pound and a half this week, how 'bout you? Did you make an effort to get rid of all those straggling laundry baskets…especially those with dirty or clean clothes just sitting in them? Remember to only tackle laundry from now on when you have ample time to complete the process from beginning to end…meaning putting the clothes away!

  Hopefully, you've also taken my suggestion of making your bed each day. Believe me you will get used to it and you'll wonder why you didn't start doing this earlier!

   Okay…as we enter WEEK 9 on The Organization Diet…let's make sure you are keeping up with each of the daily 18 base cards…don't forget to keep up with that daily exercise card and those 8 water cards! Those especially, will help keep your energy levels working at optimum levels!

    Our pit stop organizing project for this week will be KITCHEN DRAWERS and/or CABINETS! Begin by counting how many drawers/cabinets really need your attention. Then divide by the number of days you can devote to that project this week. If you have six cabinets and drawers that need organizing and you only have 2 days to work on this, then you will schedule 3 cabinets/drawers per each of those days. Write this into your calendar or dayplanner or you know they won't get done! When you are ready to begin a drawer or cabinet, empty all the contents first. It's much easier to begin with completely clear spaces! Wipe it out and place some contact paper on the bottom if needed. Then only place back those items really needed to be stored in your kitchen and within that particular space.  Be ruthless…throw out whatever you can! Remember shed the clutter, shed the weight! It's empowering!

    The clutter critter item to exterminate this week is OLD/UNUSED KITCHEN GADGETS! This ties in nicely with the pit stop project. Clean out those kitchen utensils that you never use! The ones simply cluttering your kitchen drawers! If you're not sure of what you need to save, try boxing up all the utensils and placing the box in your pantry or in a nearby closet or even out in the garage….only going into that box when and if you really find that you need an item. If you haven't needed to go into the box to retrieve anything after a period of six months or a year…throw away the entire box! Just get rid of it!

    Good luck, happy organizing. When you read this blog next week, we all should have cleaner, clearer, healthier kitchens! A better way to continue our weight loss/healthy journey! Don't forget to keep the emails coming to me. I want to hear how you are doing on the program…and I'd love to send you a diet/de-clutter questionnaire to fill out for my new book manuscript. Write to me directly at: Smile

posted on: 3/4/2008 12:30:00 PM by Lisa Lelas
category: Special Populations

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An Organization Diet -- Lose the clutter and drop the weight

by Lisa Lelas

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Lisa Lelas is an author, life coach, professional organizer and speaker on the subject of simplifying, enhancing and organizing one's life. The owner of Life Styling, in Guilford, on the Connecticut Shoreline, Lisa has been featured on Oprah Winfrey, the Today Show, NBC news, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal and more. She is the creator/host of the country's first daily talk radio feature "The Organizing Minute" and has come to be known in New England as "the organizing lady" from her many regular segments on local TV network affiliates, radio & the press. Lisa is the author of the bestselling 'Simple Steps: 10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life', 'Simple Steps for Every Holiday', Simple Steps Audio-book (6 CD set), an all new Simple Steps wall calendar 2008, and creator of a retail line of floral hand painted and collaged organizing bins called 'Blooming Bins'. Lisa lives in Guilford, CT with her husband, John, two daughters, Lindsay 10 and Lexy 8 and her very spoiled, very cute maltese dog, Daisy!

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